Tea Partiers & Republicans Clash on U.S. Border Bill

Friday, August 01, 2014

Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, 8, holds her doll Rodrigo after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States with her family on July 24, 2014 near Mission, Texas. (John Moore/Getty)

In yet another clash between the Republican leadership in the House and Tea Party representatives, a spending measure aimed at addressing the crisis along the southern border may be in turmoil. 

The bill would have sent $659 million in resources to the border to strengthen security and speed up the deportation of Central American children, who have been entering the country in an attempt to flee violence in their homelands.

See Also: The True Origins of The Border Crisis

But before the bill got to the floor, rebellion from Tea Party members, led by Texas Senator Ted Cruz, brought the vote to a crashing halt, now leaving the measure possibly dead in its tracks before the August recess.

Ruben Navarrate, a columnist for the Daily Beast and a CNN contributor, explains what happened in the House yesterday, and whether there's still hope for this bill.


Ruben Navarrette

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Comments [2]


Cruz is overstepping his bounds.

Aug. 01 2014 11:23 AM

Thanks for the democrat party commercial. Navarrette fails to explain WHY Senator Cruz is against the current bill. How the actions of democrat Harry Reid who has abused the power of the Senate are partially to blame. Cruz and others expect Reid to stuff the bill with goodies for illegals and then declare it passed - kinda like they did with Obamacare. I agree Boehner is a lousy leader, he has that in common with Obama. But to casually dismiss the way Obama keeps changing laws with a wave of his hand is something democrats will come to regret.

Aug. 01 2014 10:20 AM

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